Tag:Chicago Bulls
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:01 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 1:03 am
 

Report Card: Brook Lopez dominates in Big D

Posted by Royce Young

 Brook Lopez definitely grabbed some attention Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.


Brook Lopez
Probably about halfway through Tuesday's New Jersey game against the Mavericks, Billy King called Otis Smith and said, "Hey, just wanted to make sure you're watching this." Because in his third game after returning to the floor after a foot injury, Lopez was dominant. He finished with 38 points on 17-28 shooting leading the Nets to a one-point win over the Mavs in Dallas.
Minnesota Timberwolves
On a night where Kevin Love scored just 10 and Ricky Rubio only two while Blake Griffin had 30 and Chris Paul 27, you'd assume the Clippers handled the Wolves with ease, right? Wrong. Instead it was a big 109-97 win for Minnesota. So how'd they do it? Behind a career night from rookie Derrick Williams who finished with 27 points on 9-10 shooting and Michael Beasley who had 27 on 11-15 shooting. That's right, 54 points on 20-25 shooting. That'll get it done.
Middle-of-the-pack Eastern teams
Both the Pacers and 76ers limped a bit into the All-Star break, revealing some issues. But both came out roaring with the Sixers topping Detroit by 29 and the Pacers whipping the Warriors by 24. Good start to the second half for both.
Derrick Rose
The Bulls made it far closer than it should've been against the Hornets, but Rose came to the rescue for Chicago, scoring 32 points, including the last four for the Bulls. He hit a big jumper with 19 seconds left to put Chicago up two, then picked up a block on a Jarrett Jack drive that would've tied it and then hit two free throws to seal it.
Boston Celtics
Boston ended a five-game losing streak with a win over Cleveland, but still, it's obvious there are problems. They look slow, old and have problems scoring. Rajon Rondo was outscored by Kyrie Irving 24-0 -- that's right, zero points for Rondo -- and outside of Ray Allen's solid game, the Celtics weren't very good. It's not that the Celtics are disappointing anymore, mainly because expectations are constantly being lowered.
Chicago Bulls not named Derrick The bench combined for only 18 points and the other four starters only had 49. Without Rose in the game, the Bulls blew an 11-point lead and had to be rescued by the MVP in the last couple minutes.
Dallas Mavericks
It's one thing to blow a game to the Nets at home, but the Mavs' failure in the last minute to execute was just bad. Jason Kidd's heave to win the game was off a horrible set that exploded in Dallas's face. And Dirk Nowitzki -- you know, the guy that's seven feet tall and as clutch as it gets -- didn't take a shot in the Mavs' last two possessions.
New Orleans Hornets
The Bulls won a game they were supposed to, but the Hornets made it tough on them. So why an F? Because they had it. After a 13-0 run to go up 95-91 with 1:30 left, the Hornets watched the Bulls close on an 8-0 run. Here were their possessions: turnover, blocked shot, blocked shot, turnover. Derrick Rose hit a big shot, but the Hornets really showcased exactly why they have such a horrendous record.

Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:41 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Report: Rose signs new Adidas deal, $200M-plus

Derrick Rose signed a shoe deal for the GDP of a small country. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

CSN Chicago reported Saturday night and Yahoo confirmed that Derrick Rose has reached a new endorsement deal with Adidas for over $200 million after incentives. Yahoo says the deal is for $185 million over 13 years, with incentives that push it over, while CSN tops it at $260 million over 14

Even on the low end, that's over $14 million per year for 13 years.

Not bad for the Chicago-native.

Rose has become Adidas' signature property along with Dwight Howard. With Rose capitalizing on the MVP season last year, this deal puts him in the next tier of athletes financially. Maybe most surprising about the deal is that Rose's personality isn't infectious. While he manages to come off as humble by saying he deserves MVP consideration even before he won it and saying some un-humble things, he's lacking in charisma and his interviews, to be honest, are like watching road construction. There's some noise, and afterwards you have a result, but mostly it's just a grind.

But Rose is so good (too fast, too strong?) that it doesn't matter. And for a kid that came from his circumstances to now no longer have to worry about money for himself or his future kids or his kids' kids or their kids, that's a pretty great story.

Rose's Adidas line of adiZero is currently on version 2.5.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:49 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want the Bulls to trade Carlos Boozer. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Earlier this week, a report surfacedthat Derrick Rose supported a theoretical trade of Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol. If true, it would be the first time Rose has been involved in any sort of aggression insertion into management's plans, as he usually takes a backseat to such discussions, and has crafted his image very carefully to indicate that he just plays basketball, no matter who he's with. It's saved him a lot of trouble. And after the most recent report, the Bulls have already responded to the report with a predictable denial from Rose. From Bulls.com:  
“I heard about it after the game [on Monday],” said Rose. “That’s something I wouldn’t say to anyone, that I need someone to come to this team, or I’m trying to get rid of someone on this team. It was all false and that’s something I would never do.”

Asked if he talked to Carlos Boozer, who was reported to be involved in a potential deal for Gasol, Rose said had spoken with his teammate about the rumors.v “He should know, but I talked to him a little bit,” Rose said. “I think he already knew they were false. It’s something I wouldn’t do to anyone; especially trade him to any team. It was all false.”

In the past, Rose has expressed nothing but content for his teammates, and on Wednesday, he reiterated that sentiment.

“I’m good with the teammates I have,” Rose said. “I’ve always been saying that. The team that we have, we’ve been winning games, and we’re not in the position to look to trade anyone right now.”
via Pain-free Rose says no trades needed for this Bulls team | Blogs.Bulls.com.

It's rare that players or team websites even address such rumors, but this was a pretty solid move on behalf of Rose and the Bulls. It protects the image that Rose isn't involved in the superstar-chasing or star-meddling that has become rampant in this league. Whether Rose is or is not involved in such discussions is immaterial, only the perception matters, as it furthers the protective shield of humility that has for the most part kept Rose free of both speculation and criticism. 

And assuming Rose is being honest, it's good to hear, because frankly, the trade doesn't make much sense at all. The Bulls would almost certainly have to surrender an additional asset to get Gasol, which means you're trading your second best player and sacrificing the depth that has helped make you one of the best teams in the league, in order to take on a player who has become inconsistent from an emotional and mental standpoint, and in many ways is simply a taller, slightly better version of Boozer. The same defensive questions would exist and be covered up by the Bulls' defense, the same soft short-range-jumper game would be employed, the same questions about their role on the team would be asked.

It's not a lose-lose for the Bulls, it's just not a win or a loss. It's a sideways step. The Bulls got out in front of this to try and cut off talk. The last thing they need is to be dragged into drama and speculation over trades.

Look how that's going for the Lakers, despite the winning streak they're on.
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:55 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Michael Jordan sues Chinese apparel company

Posted by Ben Golliver

Michael Jordan is headed to court in China to defend his likeness. (Getty Images)

Lawsuits don't usually come with a website and a promotional video, but I guess Michael Jordan isn't your average plaintiff.

The Basketball Hall of Famer, Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner has announced that he is suing a Chinese company for misrepresenting his name and brand. Jordan is suing Qiaodan according to documentation provided on TheRealJordan.com. The Chinese company's name, Jordan's lawsuit alleges, is a "well known" translation of Jordan's name.

"A Chinese sports company has chosen to build a Chinese business off of my Chinese name without my permission," Jordan explained in a video message on the site. "It pains me to see someone misrepresent my identity. I have no other choice but to turn to the courts."

Jordan's name serves as the title for a global sneaker company and an iconic image of him dunking serves as the brand's famous "Jumpman" logo.
 
"I've established a name, a likeness and an identity that represents me, personally," Jordan said. "When you see the Jordan Brand it's a direct connection of who I am, Michael Jordan. I've always thought my name means everything to me. It's something that I own. When someone takes advantage or misrepresents that, it's up for me to protect that."

According to the website, Qiaodan generated more than $450 million worth of revenue in 2010 alone.

"It's not about money, it's about principle," Jordan said. "Your name is your DNA, I think it's a violation and you want to protect it."

Jordan's lawsuit makes the following accusations, according to the website.
Qiaodan Sports has infringed upon Michael Jordan by illegally using his name on its products: Michael Jordan has never authorized Qiaodan Sports to use his name, yet the company has registered several trademarks that include his name and reference his registered brand and his career.

Qiaodan Sports’ use of Michael Jordan’s name and its aggressive marketing tactics have misled Chinese consumers: Qiaodan Sports uses these names without permission in large scale advertising campaigns, including entering a sponsorship agreement with China Central TV (CCTV) at the World University Games and sponsoring Federation Internationale de Basketball Amateur from 2008-2010. In 2009-2010, Qiaodan Sports broadcast its name and logo courtside during U.S. NBA games broadcasted in China. A Shanghai sports product marketing company conducted an independent survey involving 400 respondents in 2009. The survey found out that 90 percent of young people in China’s small cities believed Qiaodan Sports was Michael Jordan’s own brand in China.

Qiaodan Sports has profited from consumer confusion created by its misuse of Michael Jordan’s image and reputation: With over 30 franchises and 4,000-5,000 specialty stores, Qiaodan Sports revenue totals have grown from $45.6MM in 2007 to $456.3MM in 2010.
Jordan's website also states that any monetary compensation resulting from the lawsuit "will be invested in growing the sport of basketball in China."

Clearly, this is big business versus big business in the world's biggest market. A legal undertaking such as this was likely years in the making.

Hat tip: CNBC.com.
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:58 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Derrick Rose returns vs. Hawks

By Matt Moore 

The Bulls announced Monday that Derrick Rose would return to the starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Atlanta Hawks. Rose has missed the past five games with back spasms. He saw a specialist for the condition and further examinations revealed no structural damage, but he was held out over the weekend regardless. 

Rose returns to a Bulls team who was good but inconsistent without Rose, demolishing the Celtics while struggling against the lowly Nets. Rose played heavy minutes through the beginnings of his injury, and it'll be interesting to see how many minutes coach Tom Thibodeau plays him coming off the injury.
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:23 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 1:25 am
 

Report Card: Boozer blasts the Celtics

Posted by Royce Young

So Boozer might've blown this layup, but he made a lot more against the Celtics. (Getty Images)

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Carlos Boozer
I'm not so sure that wasn't Boozer's best game as a Chicago Bull. 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting, 15 rebounds, five assists and a win over the Celtics. Other than blowing a wide open layup, Boozer was on point the entire night, scoring on the block and in the pick-and-roll with C.J. Watson. Boozer has been inconsistent in Chicago, but that type of performance is something that terrifies Eastern teams, especially when you think about it happening without Derrick Rose.
Luol Deng Somebody has to pick up for Rose while he's out and lately, it's been All-Star Luol Deng. Against Boston he finished with 23 points and 10 assists, with 13 points coming in the fourth quarter. It was a game where points came at a premium so every little bit that Deng gave was of big time value. The Bulls scored 89 points and Deng had a part in half of those. That's a big time performance.
 Chris Paul It was a bad three quarters for CP3. He didn't score, didn't assist much and was a part of the Clippers digging themselves into an 18-point hold. But all of that is forgotten because of a terrific fourth. Paul scored all 13 of his points in the fourth and completely owned the last couple minutes hitting a big 3 and two other jumpers to seal a nice Clipper comeback win in Portland. 
Chicago shooters From 3, 10-21 (47.6 percent). From 2, 20-55 (36.3 percent).
Attractive basketball
Just because a game is low scoring doesn't mean it can't be great. There are plenty of games played in the 80s that were well executed. The two national TV games were not. In both games there were just ugly stretches of offense, bad shooting and anything even resembling much flair or flash. Both games were competitive and close, but disgusting. An example from the Bulls-Celtics game: On back-to-back possessions, Carlos Boozer and Kevin Garnett missed wide open layups. It was a missed layup kind of night.
Raymond Felton
F is for Felton. Against the Clips he went 0-7 from the floor, had five turnovers and just two assists. And worse, he was benched by Nate McMillan the last three minutes. Felton's time not just in the starting five might be in trouble, but his place getting real rotation minutes.
Paul Pierce Pierce is being put in spots he's not entirely comfortable with. He's not the type of offensive player that wants to carry a team on his back for 48 minutes. But with as bad as the Boston offense can be, he almost needs to. A 6-16, 14-point effort against the Bulls just isn't cutting it.

E FOR EFFORT
Danny Granger (32 points on 10-for-20 shooting and five rebounds in a win over the Nets)
Kris Humphries (24 points, 11-for-14 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a loss to the Pacers)
Joakim Noah (15 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Boston)
Blake Griffin (21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 14 rebounds in a road win over Portland)

Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Magic the leading suitor for J.R. Smith?

Are the Magic the top suitor for Smith right now? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

J.R. Smith will be returning to the United States sometime this week and he's already eyeing a few teams. Smith changed his Twitter bio to say, "NYK? LAL? LAC? CHI? ORL? IND?" recently so that should give you an indication the directions he's looking.

But according to HoopsWorld, The Magic might have the inside track to get the erratic scorer. The report says Smith is looking for more than a veteran minimum deal and that the Pacers are not interested back in Smith. And if Smith wants more money, that would eliminate the Clippers and Lakers as well as they can't offer more than the vet minimum.

That puts the Knicks with the ability to offer the $2.5 mini-mid-level deal and the Bulls who can offer a $1.9 bi-annual exception. The Magic though can offer the most -- about $4.9 million -- but don't necessarily have a spot for Smith, especially if he wants to start. Orlando already has Jason Richardson and J.J. Redick while Smith could likely start for the Clippers, Bulls (depending Richard Hamilton's health) or Knicks.

Earlier in the week via ESPN LA, Chris Paul said he likes the Clippers' chances of nabbing Smith.

"I think our chances are very high," Paul said Monday night after the Clippers' 96-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

[...]

"Who knows J.R. better than me?" Paul said of Smith, his teammate for two seasons with the Hornets.

Referring to Kenyon Martin and Billups, both of whom played with Smith in Denver, Paul attributes his optimism to "my relationship with J.R., Kenyon's relationship with him and Chauncey's relationship with him."

"Also he knows he'll have the opportunity to play here," Paul said. "He can only make us better."

Acquiring Smith really could almost be like a good deadline trade, but without having to give up anything. He's going to make an impact on the court, but it's just a matter of where he chooses. He's got teams ready for him, but it's up to Smith to go for money, a contender or a prominant role. There really isn't an ideal fit in that regard right now, at least in terms of teams Smith is interested in.

But a decision should be coming soon. So hang tight.
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Bulls G Derrick Rose (back) out Tuesday vs. Kings

Derrick Rose will miss Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The comeback will wait for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday that his starting point guard did not participate in the team's shootaround and will not play against the Sacramento Kings at the United Center on Tuedsay night. 
"Each day, he’s feeling better," Thibodeau said. "But it’s still not where we want it to be. We’re going to be patient and see how it goes."

"You look at what the doctors are saying and how he’s feeling," Thibodeau said. "What we’ve been told from the start of this is he’s day-to-day. That’s how we’re approaching it. We’ll continue to get the information, study it and make a good decision.
Over the weekend, we noted that Rose had visited a back specialist, who diagnosed him with "lower back spasms" but said that Rose had no structural damage in his back. He has since been listed as day-to-day by the team.

Rose, 23, is the NBA's reigning MVP and was voted by the fans to the starting lineup of the 2012 All-Star Game. He's averaging 22.0 points, 7.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game this season for Chicago. 

The Kings game will be the third consecutive game that Rose has missed, as he did not play during a Bulls win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday and a Bulls loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The game against the Kings marks the beginning of a 5-game homestand leading into the All-Star break. Chicago will host Boston on Thursday, the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks next Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks next Wedneday.

The Bulls currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, with a record of 23-7.

RELATED: CBSSports.com's Matt Moore thinks the Bulls should take it slow with Derrick Rose.
 
 
 
 
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